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Beautiful White Beach Turned Trash Trap
Located near the tip of the Big Island of Hawaii, the southernmost point of the United States, lies Kamilo beach. Due to the unique currents that run near there, marine debris such as animal carcasses and logs would wash up, making it a prime spot for the native Hawaiians to collect logs for dugout canoes. However, it is those same currents that are now dragging a near constant stream of trash to the formerly pristine shores.

Today, the beach receives fewer washed up logs, and much more plastic. In fact, 90% of its garbage is plastic, with plenty of it coming from as far away as Japan. Much of the refuse comes from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which extends across an areas roughly the size of Texas. Mixed in the sand is millions of tiny pieces of weathered colorful plastic, making it one of the most unique, if not depressing, beaches in the world. Sadly much of the debris is fishing related, likely dumped off of boats or piers in fishing areas. Nets, traps and crates make up a great deal of the debris.


 
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